In Grand Rapids, the likelihood that you'll have to worry about leaving Fido or Kitarina at the hotel or wag hotel is extremely low. Grand Rapids is such a pet friendly city and you will always have an activity to try! There are plenty of parks and tasty restaurants that will welcome your pet with open paws.
When you first arrive to Grand Rapids, you will need a hotel. There are plenty to choose from, but if you want one that is pet friendly, you should definitely seek out the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown or the Riverfront Hotel. Both facilities allow you to have your pets for a small one-time fee and you will have piece of mind knowing Fido will be there by your side at night.
For daytime activities, try out the Hillcrest Dog Park. It is the only dog park smack dab within the city center that is built with canines in mind. There are rolling fields and even a large pond to splash around in. If you want to be out in nature instead, Yankee Springs Recreational Area is the perfect place to go. Pack up your tent or book a lovely cabin, and head to the park. Being that Michigan is the Great Lake State, you will have several lakes to explore and let your pooch splash around in.
There are many trails to wander on and if you own horses, take them out for a scenic tour. You will thoroughly enjoy the sights of forests, waterfalls, and beaches. This is a great opportunity to let your pet be close to his wild side! After a day of rough-housing at the dog park, grab a bite to eat at One Trick Pony. This is a lovely pub that will not only welcome your dog to sit on the terrace with you, but will greet them with a tasty smoked bone. While your dog is sleepy and satisfied with a scrumptious snack, you can enjoy a quiet meal yourself. Grand Rapids is a great place to visit, and they will welcome your pet just as much as they welcome you! It is full of adventure so try it out!
Eastown is home to Hillcrest Dog Park, a fenced in, off-leash park which is perfect for your dog to run off some energy while getting socialization. The dog park is separated for large breeds and small, and offers lots of shade, benches, water, and bags for your dog. Once done at the park, take your dog to one of the many dog-friendly restaurants in Eastown, including That Early Bird, Global Infusion, Elk Brewing, and Electric Cheetah, which has unique dishes like goat dip and pickle-brined fried chicken. Beware that outdoor seating for you and your pooch is limited.
Swan has two dog friendly parks, the first being John Ball Park. If you’re pooch loves socializing with other dogs and people, John Ball Park is where you need to be. This huge park has loads of amenities, including a zoo, which means your dog will have its eyes and nose in full action as you walk around. If you want a little calmer of a time, then visit Lincoln Park which is down the road from John Ball Park and a bit more intimate. If you have built up an appetite on your walk, visit either Vito’s Pizza or El Sombrero Restaurant for some great food and quality time with your dog.
Belknap Lookout is located right off the Grand River, and is a perfect spot to bring your furry friend. Belknap Lookout has two dog friendly parks, Belknap Park and Canal Park, which is spot-on for walking, jogging, or playing fetch with your dog. If you want a more scenic walk, then take your pooch along the Grand River for an impressive view and picture perfect opportunities. If you get a little hungry along the way, don’t worry, as Grand Rapids Garage Bar and Grill is located right by Canal Park. This local bar offers craft beer, live music, and American bar food, all ready for you and your dog to enjoy.
Gaslight Village has the amazing Reeds Lake located inside of it. The 4.2 mile trail offers paved trails, boardwalks, and sidewalks. Keep your dog on a leash at all times while enjoying Reeds Lake, and be sure to clean up any messes. If Reeds Lake is too big for your liking, check out the two smaller parks located in Gaslight Village, Remington Park and Manhattan Park, both perfect if you are looking for a less populated park. After a great day outside, stop by Big Bob’s Gaslight Village or Harmony Brewing for some awesome food and drinks with your pup.